Step 6: Repairing the Armature and Field Windings

Remove any corrosion with wet and dry sand paper, and the commutator can be sanded and the back of a box cutter knife can be used to clean out between the segments. The insulation between the segments should be under cut to work correctly. Than an oily rag is used to wipe everything to help prevent any future corrosion.
<p>If your Toyota starter &quot;clunks&quot; when you try to start your car, it's usually copper contacts that have flat spotted. There used to be repair kits for this. If you have a straight shot at the starter, you can keep a baseball bat or a piece of 2x in your car. If it acts up, give the starter a couple of whacks. It helps if you have someone hold the key in the start position, but it usually works if you hit the starter, then turn the ignition key. This will work for a while, but you'll have to eventually repair or replace the starter. Happy motoring!</p>
<p>This is going to be very helpful to me. I bought my Aunt's 2000 Acura RL, and it has some starter problem. I think the bendix is not engaging with the flywheel sometimes. Do you have a way to check to see if the bendix is failing, without removing the starter from the car? It's way under the motor mount and driver's side front suspension.</p><p>John</p>
<p>Not sure what you mean by &quot;bendix&quot;, John, but another possibility to liquidhandwash's suggestion is that the pinion simply needs greasing* to make the pinion slide out and engage the ring gear. See Step 10 in this Instructable.</p><p>This is exactly what happened with my step-son's Morris Mini (a cute car, but an absolute sod to work on - give me the engine bay of an old Ford Falcon straight 6 any day!).</p><p>I took the starter off, eventually..., disassembled the motor, and only had to grease the pinion shaft for it to work perfectly again.</p><p>* &quot;Some people will tell you not to lubricate the pinion as clutch dust can get into the starter motor and combine with the oil and make the pinion sticky.&quot;</p>
<p>hi John, You are going to have to take the starter off to check everything, but it sounds like the pinon gear, or ring gear could be worn out. </p>
<p>Not easy to do, unless you've the right skills. If you were able to refurbish that, you could refurbish any motor based part or even tool. </p><p>Good job, please upload for us more tutorials like this one.</p>
<p>Thanks aheibi, I think anyone could do this.</p>
<p>This is whay do you think. I've worked with people who have say they are fixing machines for 15 years and they not know how to hold a screwdriver.</p><p>When I've got my car, Civic '97, I didn't knew how to fix anything but after few turorials and a good logic - I'm repairing almost anything in my car. But then again you've got good repairing skills, I'm know when I'm seeing one :-)</p>
<p>can i make it long lasting by rewinding it for gokart project</p>
<p>probably not starter motors are not design for continuous use, try on of these</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/500-W-24-V-DC-electric-1020-motor-kit-w-speed-control-Throttle-f-scooter-ebike-/151206653634?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23349e6ec2" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/500-W-24-V-DC-electric-...</a></p>
very helpful to me. thank you very much
Very nice do-it yourself instructable. Our car starter motor got burned out recently, but here in India the entire new assembly for Maruti-Suzuki cars costs about Indian Rupees 2500 only ( that is about 40 dollars). We completely changed the entire assembly. Now I have removed all burned out coils and cleaned the parts. Can you suggest any use for these parts please..?
Hi antoniraj <br>There is not much you can do with a starter that is burnt out like yours, (boat anchor perhaps?) You may want to keep the solenoid and the pinion, for spares. <br>If it has the pull type solenoid, I have seen them used for an actuator to unlock doors, gates or a boot (trunk) release. There is a little bit of copper in the armature and the field coils that you use or sell.
Wow! This is a very thorough and neat instructable! Thanks for contributing! Now I know how to deal with a starter motor!<br><br>K.
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